5 Reasons to Earn International Outdoor Certifications

Our programs, including Semester and Summer programs, give the opportunity to our students to earn internationally-recognized certifications. But why is this important? We’ve come up with the five most important reasons why you should consider earning your outdoor certifications, whether or not you want to be an outdoor professional: 1. Safety For you and others: going […] Read More >

Building A Library In Rural Costa Rica: Bella Kimmel’s GSUSA Gold Award Project

Isabela Kimmel, a Girl Scout from Anaheim, CA, was a participant in our Girl Scout Service Challenge and headed the amazing project of building a library for a rural isolated community in Costa Rica. “I went to the Leadership in Andes: Peru [Girl Scout] Destination last summer and I was inspired to focus my Girl […] Read More >

Semester Update – November 9th

Coast to Coast Semester The Coast to Coast students are currently hiking through Costa Rica – their expedition will last 26 days in total. “The group is doing great,” said Nico, one of their instructors. All students have set out to hike from one of Costa Rica’s coast to the other. Their instructors informed us […] Read More >

Combating Deforestation: Why Outward Bound Costa Rica Doesn’t Serve Beef

At Outward Bound Costa Rica, we are committed to sharing social and environmental values with our students. We strive, of course, to be just as exigent regarding our own behaviors as individuals but also as an organization based in Costa Rica. Doing our part to solve these social and environmental issues is part of educating […] Read More >

Semester Programs Update – November 2nd

Coast to Coast Semester Our Coast to Coast students have officially started their Costa Rica hiking phase: they will be hiking from the Caribbean Coast to the Pacific Coast over 26 days! After surfing, rafting and service projects in Nicaragua, the group is ready to embark on the cross-country hiking expedition that will be the cornerstone […] Read More >

Why You Should Spend Your Gap Year in Costa Rica

Options are more and more varied when it comes to taking a Gap Year, particularly if you decide to go abroad. The variety of options can become overwhelming, so we’ve decided to help by listing some of the reasons why you should absolutely make Costa Rica a top destination: Biodiversity & Nature Costa Rica, a small Central […] Read More >

OBCR Welcomes OLS Students

Last week we welcomed our Fall 2016 class of OLS students to base.  We wasted no time putting them to the test of Wilderness First Responder training.  This week and next week, students are studying in the classroom and working on homework in the evening in preparation for their first certification.  This is definitely the […] Read More >

Coast to Coast Semester Update!

Our students have made it to Nicaragua! Before they left Costa Rica, they spent the day at a local school where the children introduced them to the different cultures that are here in Costa Rica with a presentation of their traditional dances.  The group tried food from each of the cultures and then participated in a […] Read More >

Photos from Coast to Coast, Fall 2016

We thought you’d like to see a few pictures of our students on our fall semester Coast to Coast Expedition.  The group is now in Avellanas learning to surf in the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica.  Next up will be their expedition to Nicaragua!  Here are pictures of the group shopping […] Read More >

Meet Our New Alumni Ambassador: Ruthanne Martin

Name: Ruthanne Martin Hometown: Katy, Texas Occupation: Student Course name/year: Girl Scout Destinations Service Challenge #2 July 2016 1. What made you chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course? I chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course because I wanted to travel out of my comfort zone. I really wanted to embark on […] Read More >

Meet Our New Alumni Ambassador: Girl Scout Anna Maddison

Name: Anna Maddison Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas Occupation: Student Course name/year: Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge 2016 Ambassador Accomplishments: Anna Maddison took on spreading the word about Outward Bound Costa Rica after she returned from her course. Not only did she give materials and information about our programs to family and friends, but also to the students in […] Read More >

Meet Our New Alumni Ambassador: Allie Highsmith

Name: Allie Highsmith Hometown: Centennial, CO Occupation: Student Course name/year: Rainforest, River, and Reef 2016 1. What made you chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course? I was looking for an adventure, and man, was I satisfied. 2. What is your favorite memory from your course? I suppose it wasn’t really one memory, […] Read More >

What’s around the River Bend? Earn Your IRF Raft Guide Certification and Find Out!

There’s a lot you can learn from a river. From deep life lessons on how to choose the “correct” path, to technical skills for mastering whitewater rapids and further understanding your potential as a leader, students come off the river phases of our courses with greater appreciation for their group, themselves, and the river. Who […] Read More >

5 Best Ways to Prevent Insect Bites & Stings

  Outward Bound Costa Rica has been welcoming students to Costa Rica and Panama for more than twenty-five years.  We know how to prepare for safe travel.  We understand that you may be concerned about Zika and other mosquito-born diseases being present in Central America and though none of our courses take place in affected areas, we […] Read More >

University of Washington Custom Group Hike, Surf & Raft in Costa Rica!

Students from the University of Washington were amongst the privileged few to see and experience our special route for rainforest trekking in the area of Piedras Blancas. The group learned how to make meals by the fire and experience different forest types as their hike led them through areas of different elevations. They stayed with homestay families along the […] Read More >


Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Group Programs & Partnerships Manager, Julie Duthey to our Communications team. Julie will be responsible for managing and developing Custom Courses and partnerships, so that more participants get to experience our life-changing outdoor adventures in Costa Rica and Panama. Julie Duthey: Custom Course and Partnerships Manager Hometown: Valenciennes, […] Read More >

Meet Our New Alumni Ambassador: Brynna Boyd

Name: Brynna Boyd Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas Occupation: Student Course name/year: Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge 2016 What made you chose to do an Outward Bound Costa Rica course? I wanted to be able to do service and see a new place. I had researched and learned about Costa Rica in school, and I […] Read More >

Why I Moved 3,209 Miles to Intern with Outward Bound Costa Rica

Looking back, it’s a little crazy that I ended up in Costa Rica this semester. I have always been a little spontaneous in life. I try to embrace everything life throws at me and make it work in my favor. On January 6th of this year, I got an email offering me a Marketing & […] Read More >

All Summer Expeditions Student Updates- August 9th

Pacific Surf & Cert #3 Our last Summer Expedition is fully underway! Three students from Rainforest Hike & Homestay and four students from Caribbean Scuba & Service have come together for a week of surfing and service. Everyone in the group has been able to stand up on their boards and, thanks to good conditions, […] Read More >

All Summer Expeditions Student Updates- August 2nd

Pacific Surf & Cert #2 After a week spent surfing in Costa Rica, it is time to bid farewell to our four students of Pacific Surf & Cert #2. During the past week, these four students earned their CPR, AED and First Aid certifications, all while enjoying the beautiful Avellanas beach in Costa Rica. We wish these […] Read More >